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Nov232009

Easton Walled Gardens

I received an e-mail from a reader in the UK who wrote to tell me about a 12 acre garden restoration project that is now into its seventh year of work. The success achieved to date has allowed the owner to transform this historically-documented location into a tourist attraction. When I accessed the website for the garden, I was impressed with the range and beauty of the flowers that already bloom there.

Ursula Cholmeley works full time supervising the restoration of a walled garden estate that has been in her family for over 400 years. In her possession are original documents dating back to 1592 when the gardens were established in Tudor times. The abandonment of the gardens began slowly during World War One. By the year 2001 they had become impenetrable, after 50 years of neglect.

That is when restoration of the gardens began under the direction of Ms Cholmeley. She expects that it will take another 20 years to bring the garden to its envisioned glory. That includes the planting of 10,000 bulbs, growing native flowers for the meadows and the planting of flower borders, shrubs and trees. Judging from the photos posted to the website, the work so far has produced remarkable results.

By 2009, visitors are now able to see more than just a restoration project. The development of Easton Walled Gardens is an ongoing landscaping saga worthy of a side-trip for anyone planning a visit to the UK. The estate, which is set up and equipped to handle visitors for most of the year, is located in the middle of England, in the village of Easton. Click on any of the photos to learn more about travelling instructions and dates of accessibility. When visiting the site, also click onto the various garden divisions in order to appreciate the extensive assortment of beautiful flowers photographed there.

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